The William Thompson

William Thompson

The ninth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, William Henry THOMPSON.  With a name like William Thompson, how hard can it be to pinpoint him? This has been my trouble with William. I have records of him starting in 1850 once his family settled in Wisconsin, but before … [Read more...]

One-Armed Mystery

Anna (Huizel) Collins - unknown year

The eight ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. I'm not completely sure of the pronunciation of that surname, but I've heard both Oot-zuhl and Ooh-zuhl. Anna was born around July 1881 in what is today, Netolice in the Prachatice … [Read more...]

Marching with Sherman

Burning of McPhersonville 1865

The fourth ancestor on the 52 Week Ancestor challenge was picked using my patented ancestor-o-matic. It's really just a random number generator and then using that number on my daughter's ahnentafel chart. This week is William J DAKINS. William is my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather on her maternal … [Read more...]

Centenarian Plus 0.03

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

The third ancestor I chose on my 52 Ancestors challenge is my maternal great-great-grandmother, August (LUEDTKE) LAST. She holds a unique position in my ancestry as the only ancestor that I know of to have lived to at least 100 years of age. Though, she passed away 11 days (0.03 years) after her … [Read more...]

52 Ancestors #2: Frederick Moran

Moran Family

I wasn't really sure who to pick next. I didn't want to pick an ancestor I always talk about, so I opened up RootsMagic and closed my eyes and clicked a random person from the pedigree tree. I picked Frederick MORAN. Frederick MORAN is my wife's paternal great-grandfather. He was born 21 … [Read more...]

Mystery Photo: The Last Family UPDATE

Last Family

So, using the speed and power of the Internet, I come bearing updates. While I didn't completely solve the original issue, I still don't know who is in that photo, I did confirm that is it not the Charles & Augusta Last family. But, I also now have a copy of a family photo of the real Last … [Read more...]

Mystery Photo: The Last Family

Possible Last Family

UPDATE: There is an update posted on this mystery photo. We've been doing a bit of cleaning at my grandparent's  house recently, which has caused us to come across a lot of new family photos from my maternal side. This comes as a double-edged sword as there are some amazing old photos, including … [Read more...]

1940 Census: Check Multiple Sources

1940 Census - Collins

When the 1940 Census was released in April, I spent a couple of days browsing through them by hand to find my ancestors and my wife's ancestors. I knew where they all lived (generally speaking) and I was finally able to find everyone, except a few. My wife's grandmother, Barbara COLLINS, and her … [Read more...]